Academic requirements

You must have:

A Canadian Interprovincial Trades Qualification (Red Seal) or equivalent recognized or issued by the BC Industry Training Authority

Grade 12 graduation or equivalent (e.g. Adult Graduation Certificate that meets the BC provincial Grade 12 graduation requirement)

Grade 12 Math or equivalent

Completion of the Prior Learning & Assessment Recognition process to provide you with 45 academic credits for a 3-year trades training program or 60 academic credits for a 4-year trades training program.

A minimum of five years post-Trade Qualification experience in a trade, within the past 10 years, that is directly applicable to Technology Education subject areas in the BC secondary school curriculum (Drafting, Electronics & Robotics, Metalwork, Power Technology, or Woodwork).

Six credits (two courses) of university English with at least 3 credits in Literature taken through a Canadian university with an average grade point average of 2.33 (C+). Courses in linguistics, language study, grammar, technical writing, business writing, Communications or English as a Second Language are not eligible to fulfill the English requirement.

Teaching experience requirements

You must have at least 100 hours of relevant volunteer or paid experience working with groups of middle or high school students. These hours must be completed by the application deadline. A minimum of 25 hours must be in a middle or secondary-school classroom in Canada (or equivalent environment).

For the Fall 2022 intake only, the program is waiving the requirement for 25 hours of experience in a classroom setting due to the current COVID restrictions that are closing school classrooms to volunteer opportunities.

If you are not able to complete all of the required 100 hours of experience by the February 15th 2022 deadline, you can still apply to the program.

Spontaneous composition and personal interview

If you meet the basic requirements for the program, you will be interviewed by members of the faculty and practicing classroom teachers. The interview is approximately 15 minutes; all candidates are asked the same questions. Immediately prior to the interview, you will be asked to write a spontaneous composition of approximately 500 words on a question pertinent to education. You can arrange to have your interview conducted virtually and can complete your spontaneous composition at another location and under approved supervision.

Mandatory supplemental documentation requirements

Submission deadline: February 15th by email to the TRU Admissions Office

Link to forms on Application page

  • Letter of Introduction Form
  • Statement of 100 Hours of Experience Form
  • Two Reference Report Forms
  • Official transcripts (not photocopies) from all post-secondary institutions (other than studies completed at TRU)

Registration and payment of fees

If you are accepted, the Registrar’s Office will notify you in writing. To reserve your place, you must pay a $500 tuition deposit fee by the date specified in your offer of admission letter.

Financial aid, entrance scholarships, bursaries and awards

Applicants may apply for financial aid, entrance scholarships and awards. To learn more, search the Awards Guide on the Student Awards & Financial Aid page.

Criminal record check

To participate in a practicum, teacher candidates must have completed and submitted a Consent to Criminal Record Check form.

Persons convicted of a criminal offense or who have been given an absolute or conditional discharge should contact the BC Teacher Certification Branch (TCB) for clarification of their status before undertaking a teacher education program.

Program schedule

The BETT program is only available for on-campus studies and is full-time with courses scheduled Monday to Friday anywhere from 8:30 am to 8:30 pm and subject to the BEd Student Attendance policy